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Paid Surveys Scam

How the scam works:

(with video below) If you aren't familiar with these ads or e-mails for getting paid to do surveys online, you've probably never used the Internet. The trouble comes when you decide to try it out. Scammers advertise they are looking for people who can fill out surveys for cash, using phrases such as “from the comfort of their home”, "surveys for money", "making money online", "online survey jobs", "get paid for surveys", or "best survey sites". How does the scam work?

Watch the video below to see the Online Survey Companies scam exposed, or read on.

Online Survey Companies Scam Exposed Video

Being promised thousands of dollars a month if you are willing to access their database and start doing the hundreds of surveys available, all you have to do is pay a membership fee--between $20 and $80 a month--and you're in the money. What's a few dollars if you'll be pulling in upwards of $2,000 a month?

The only issue is that you won't be. You'll never see any money after you pay your "membership" fee. Likely, the company won't return any of your emails. If they have a business phone listed, don't expect them to return any of your calls. The number is usually only there to make them look professional.

Some sites say you will get paid every time your account reaches a certain denomination, say $50 or $100. This isn't true, and you will just keep doing useless surveys while they're off looking for new victims.

How to avoid:

The theme here is that it's important to be skeptical. There are real companies involved in this business, but only about 10% of them are legitimate. Read up on the company you choose and be sure it's safe before you give them any money. Always do your research and work only for legitimate employers. If you are really thinking of making money through surveys, below there are a couple of trustworthy alternatives:


If you are into paid surveys, this is the place. GlobalTestMarket is an industry leader in online research panels, where members are invited to participate in online surveys on numerous topics, and in return are eligible for cash or regular and frequent entry into sweepstakes. Highly recommended, as they also have A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. You can register for free HERE.

Be rewarded with the Web's Premiere Rewards Site is the world's largest free online rewards program. You get paid by doing things online which you might do anyway, such as searching the web, discover products, take surveys, watch videos, or play games. You can also get free iTunes and Amazon cards. The company has a A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. It takes a minute to register, but the rewards are great. You can register for free HERE. They have a $5 sign-up bonus.

How to report:

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